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Monday, November 19, 2012
NASCAR: Bad Brad Wins Cup, Angry Jeff Takes Checker, Five Time Flops
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Rick Hendrick was in Victory Lane on Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, confetti flying all around him, his clothes drenched with some sort of adult beverage.
This is where the owner of Hendrick Motorsports expected to be at the beginning of the season after predicting all four of his Sprint Cup drivers would make the Chase, and that one would win the championship.
This is where he expected -- or at least hoped -- to be at the beginning of Sunday, celebrating his 11th championship as Jimmie Johnson celebrated his sixth.
Instead, Hendrick was celebrating a first Homestead win with Jeff Gordon as Johnson explained in the media center how he let the title get away, as Brad Keselowski celebrated his first championship with the biggest Miller Lite beer glass in history.
Talk about mixed emotions.
"Yeah, it's disappointing," Hendrick said. "But at the same time, it's racing. I'm celebrating [Gordon's win] and letting the other deal go.